The Madison Children’s Museum is looking to make a big comeback this summer with the announcement of dates for reopening and the start of a major expansion project.
The museum, which has been closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will begin a phased reopening in June with new operating procedures in place to keep staff and visitors safe, including requiring masks for everyone ages 3 and older. Admission will be open to museum members first from June 3 to June 20, and members who visit will be asked to give feedback on the new policies and procedures. The general public will be welcomed back starting June 24.
The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Admission will be limited based on public health guidelines and may even be less than current restrictions set by public health authorities when the museum first opens. Guests will be required to get tickets for a specific entry time using a new, online system that will allow for fast, low-contact admission at the front desk.
More updates and details on the reopening and new procedures will be announced in the coming weeks.
Also Thursday, the Madison Children’s Museum broke ground on a soon-to-be 10,000-square-foot exhibit for outdoor, active play. The “Wonderground” will be behind the existing museum structure in a former parking lot. The new space, with a plan to be ready for guests by the end of summer, will include a climbing sculpture, the museum’s historic log cabin and a number of smaller hands-on activities.
A fundraising campaign by the museum with a goal of $4 million by June 30 has brought in more than $3.1 million. The funds will help with reopening, completing the new outdoor exhibit and more.